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Berthrong, Donald J.

The Southern Cheyennes 

After nearly two centuries of fighting other Indians and whites for their lands, in the eighteenth century the Cheyennes were forced to shift their range from the Minnesota River Valley to the Central and Southern Plains. From 1861 to 1875 they fought to maintain their nomadic existence. There were bloody wars with territorial forces and army troops and a few years of intermittent peace and retaliation, including the massacre at Sand Creek in 1864.





Broome, Jeff

Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver 1864-1869

Cheyenne War is the story of fierce clashes between plains Indians and settlers who traveled through Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado Territory, and Dakota Territory during a particularly violent time of the American West. With the Civil War concluding and the nation beginning to turn its attention away from the horrors of the war, many Americans found themselves eager to seek new land and opportunities. Travels to the west were hampered with dangers from weather, terrain, and occasionally Native Americans who wished to rid their land of people they viewed as invaders whose very presence was a threat to their existence.


Broome, Jeff

Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderice in the Kansas Indian War

In his study of the civilian population that fell victim to the brutality of the 1860s Kansas Indian wars, Jeff Broome recounts the captivity of Susanna Alderdice, who was killed along with three of her children by her Cheyenne captors (known as Dog Soldiers) at the Battle of Summit Springs in July 1869, and of her four-year-old son, who was wounded then left for dead.


Goodrich, Thomas

Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879

From the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 through Custer’s Last Stand in 1876 to the final defeat of the mighty Sioux and Cheyenne nations in 1878, Scalp Dance reveals the bloody, bitter clashes between two cultures—one bent on conquest, the other defending its land in the only way it knew how.


Grinnel, George Bird

The Cheyenne Indians: History and Society V. I

The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Their Ways of Life is a classic ethnography, originally published in 1928, that grew out of George Bird Grinnell's long acquaintance with the Cheyennes. Volume I looks at the tribe's early history and migrations, customs, domestic life, social organization, hunting, amusements, and government. In a second volume, Grinnell would consider its warmaking and warrior societies, healing practices and responses to European diseases, religious beliefs and rituals, and legends and prophecies surrounding the culture hero Sweet Medicine.


Grinnell, George Bird

The Cheyenne Indians: War, Ceremonies, and Religion V. II

This beautiful book takes George Bird Grinnell's classic work on the Cheyenne Indians and condenses it into 240 fully-illustrated pages of his most essential writings. Grinell was the long-time editor of Field & Stream magazine and helped to establish both the Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. During his career he documented several tribes of the old West, including this vivid account of the last of the Cheyenne Indians, who were forced to live out their lives as nomads.


Hoig, Stan

Tribal Wars of the Southern Plains

Tribal Wars of the Southern Plains is a comprehensive account of Indian conflicts in the area between the Platte River and the Rio Grande. This readable volume traces the victories and defeats of such chiefs as Lone Wolf, Satanta, Black Kettle, and Dull Knife as they signed treaties, battled for land and defended their villages in the plains. 344 pages includes index.


Hyde, George E.

The Pawnee Indians

George Hyde spent more than thirty years collecting materials for his history of the Pawnees. The story is both a rewarding and a painful one. The Pawnee culture was rich in social and religious development. But the Pawnees' highly developed political and religious organization was not a source of power in war, and their permanent villages and high standard of living made them inviting and 'fixed targets for their enemies.


Leiker, James N. and Ramon Powers

The Northern Cheyenne Exodus: In History and Memory

The exodus of the Northern Cheyennes in 1878 and 1879, an attempt to flee from Indian Territory to their Montana homeland, is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where Cheyenne warriors killed more than forty settlers. The Cheyennes, in turn, suffered losses through violent encounters with the U.S. Army.


Miner, Craig and William E. Unrau

The End of Indian Kansas: A Study of Cultural Revolution, 1854-1871

When Kansas became a U.S. territory in 1854 literally all of its land area was guaranteed by treaty to Indians. More than 10,000 Kickapoos, Delawares, Sacs, Foxes, Shawnees, Potawatomis, Kansas, Ottawas, Wyandots, and Osages, not to mention a number of smaller tribes, inhabited Kansas. By 1875 there were only a couple of bands left.


Nye, Wilbur Sturtevant

Plains Indian Raiders: The Final Phases of Warfare from the Arkansas to the Red River

From primary sources collected over some thirty years, both textual and photographic, Wilbur S. Nye tells the story of the military subjugation of the Plains Indians and their removal to reservations in Indian Territory.


Rollings, Willard H. and Frank W. Porter III, General Editor

The Comanche (Indians of North America)

Comprehensive and honest accounts of the life and culture of American Indians


Sandoz, Mari

Cheyenne Autumn

In the autumn of 1878 a band of Cheyenne Indians set out from Indian Territory, where they had been sent by the U.S. government, to return to their homeland in Yellowstone country. Mari Sandoz tells the saga of their heartbreaking fifteen-hundred-mile flight.


Wunder, John R.

The Kiowa (Indians of North America)

Wunder presents comprehensive and honest accounts of the life and culture of American Indians. He examines the issues and conflicts involving Native Americans today and discusses many lesser-known but equally important tribes. Packed with photographs, paintings, and maps: 8-page full-color photo essay on Indian art and relics.